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Giving Back
Hawaii Self Storage has five locations on the island of Oahu, with each facility averaging 1,700 units. The facilities feature state-of-the-art security, 24-hour access and staffing, loading docks, business centers and conference rooms.

As part of its community philanthropy, Hawaii Self Storage has four programs in its community-pride outreach initiative:

  • Rent to Charity invites new self-storage customers to donate their first month’s rent to the non-profit organization of their choice, with all 501(c)3 entities eligible to receive donations. “This is our way of encouraging our customers to follow our lead and get involved,” says Daniel Ho, company president. Hawaii Self Storage budgeted $10,000 for advertising to promote Rent to Charity and ensure Hawaii non-profit organizations reap the benefits of this program. “We hope this new program can make a difference, one locker at a time,” Ho says.
  • The Transition Assistance Program, launched nearly a year ago, assists residents experiencing financial difficulties with free storage for a minimum of four months.
  • Scholarships have provided more than $109,000 in $1,000 per year, renewable for graduating seniors to apply to their higher-education costs for up to four years.
  • Literacy Programs have annually collected books to benefit Hawaii Literacy’s Book Mobile by offering customers a $2 credit for every donation. More than 4,000 books and educational games were collected in 2007. “As a locally owned company, we’ve made it our mission to help the community, and we support programs aimed at enhancing literacy, education and teamwork among Hawaii’s youth,” Ho says.

Each Hawaii Self Storage location also sponsors youth athletic teams, donating approximately $4,000 per facility, and makes donations to other local charities.






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